Don’t let the beautiful basket weave intimidate you! Although it looks intricate, it’s actually quite simple to carve if you follow the directions in my Basket Weave lesson. Several of my students who have already joined the online-only course, shared photos of their carving success. If they can do it, so can you!
The basket weave can be carved into any melon and is perfect for spring and summer parties. After carving the basket weave into the base of the melon, you can hollow out the center to use as a bowl or, if you’re an experienced carver, can carve flowers directly onto the top of the melon.
Julio Di Filippo, who is a student of the basket weave and other lessons, shared his first basket weave melon. He created a basket handle and filled his basket with grape and strawberry skewers. Check out his Watermelon Scroll carving set behind the basket as well.
Another example of the basket weave melon is demonstrated in this photo by another student/customer, Elizabeth Maswabi. She carved a lovely flower onto the top of her basket weave. You can learn to carve flowers in melons in my video lessons, Carving Watermelons, Roses, Buds and Leaves. You can learn how to carve more intermediate melon flowers in Melon Flowers – Smooth and Jagged Petals. Both are available online and on DVD.
Ric Testani, a student of many of my lessons and a professional fruit carver, shared a few photos of his first basket weave melons. From the photos of the side and bottom, you can get a full view of the basket weave.
Once Ric completed the carving, he used the melon basket weave bowl to hold strawberries. It can also be used as a bowl for melon balls, fruit dip and other tasty treats.
Want to see another example of the basket weave? Check out my previous blog post with photo’s of Ali Butt’s spectacular basket weave melon!
Want to share your basket weave melon photos?
If you are a student of this lesson, I’d love to see your melon baskets. If you want to learn how, click here to get your basket weave melon video lessons.